Beliefs that Hamas could not get more violent or virulently anti-Israel are wrong, as seen in election results for the terror organization's new Gaza leader. The Times of Israel's Dov Lieber reports that the new chief of Gaza is Yahya Sinwar, a murderer released as part of the Shalit exchange who is still included on the United States' terror blacklist:
Yahya Sinwar, considered one of Hamas’s most ruthless leaders, has been elected as the terror group’s leader in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas official confirmed Monday.
Sinwar, 55, generally avoids the limelight, but is seen as an unpredictable hardliner who inspires the loyalty of Hamas’s military wing’s leadership.
He will replace Ismail Haniyeh, who is running for the leadership of Hamas’s political bureau to succeed Khaled Mashaal.
Sinwar, sentenced to life in 1989 for murdering Palestinian collaborators with Israel, spent 22 years in Israeli prisons before being released in the 2011 prisoner exchange deal for IDF soldier Gilad Shalit.
In September 2015, Sinwar was added to the US terrorism blacklist alongside two other members of Hamas’s military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades...
The election of Sinwar as Hamas’s Gaza leader signals the ascendance of the terror group’s military wing, the Qassam Brigades, which now holds more sway in the Strip than the political leadership.
He is considered hawkish even within Hamas, and opposes any compromise in its policies regarding the Palestinian Authority and Israel...